Although 98 percent of teens said they’d used birth control at least once, with condoms being the most common choice, the new Plan B pill is increasingly being viewed as a viable alternative to preventive contraception. By using the oral contraception within 72 hours of unprotected sex, women can prevent the majority of pregnancies. The plan b pill is not being recommended as a primary form of contraception even though an increasing number of teenagers, do use it this way. This is due in part to the fact that the teenage years are not known for their strength of planning ahead.
This new relaxed attitude about teen sexuality and pregnancy has impacted awareness and concern about other important sexual health issues. Both of these new chosen forms of contraception do not provide protection for any sexually transmitted diseases. Combined with a hook-up culture that dominates sexuality for many teens, this is indeed a dangerous situation.
Education and openness are the most valuable tools we have at our disposal to help our youth steer their collective culture in a direction that is life giving and supports them in building real relationships that will help them grow their lives. Our teens deserve this from all of us.